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[roo r-i-tey-nee-uh, roo r-i-tey-]
  1. a mythical, romantic kingdom conceived as the setting for a fairy tale, costume drama, comic operetta, or the like.
  2. Facetious. any small, little-known country or region considered remote, backward, or exotic.
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Origin of Ruritania

after the fictional Central European kingdom in the novel The Prisoner of Zenda (1894) by A. Hope
Related formsRu·ri·ta·ni·an, adjective, noun
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Historical Examples of ruritania

  • She arrived in Ruritania about the same time as this Rassendyll.

    The Prisoner of Zenda

    Anthony Hope

  • If you stay here, the deuce a man in all Ruritania will doubt of it—or a woman either.

  • But the moment Ruritania had come into my head I was eaten up with a curiosity to see it.

  • Upon this, I took out of my pocket a portrait of the King of Ruritania.

  • And it occurred to me suddenly that I would visit Ruritania.

British Dictionary definitions for ruritania


  1. an imaginary kingdom of central Europe: setting of several novels by English novelist Anthony Hope (1863–1933), esp The Prisoner of Zenda (1894)
  2. any setting of adventure, romance, and intrigue
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